Well, that's a very forward little pony, isn't it? LOL. They make an adorable pair.
Thanks! What exactly is meant by "a forward pony"?
I see what those other folks meant by "riding english in a western saddle". That basically means that she has her stirrups up relatively short and she's actually riding with proper position. Most western riders have some level of chair seat, ranging from slight to severe. Whether that's a good thing or not is a constant subject of debate
The stirrups weren't even up to her, her Western place set them up.
I really don't see anything wrong with her position. The thing about western riding, unless she plans to show in western horsemanship classes, then the proper position for her will be the one that she's most comfortable and most secure with.
That's great. She doesn't plan on showing western. Though someone told her at one point, that really good English riders become really good Western riders, and can ride both. Is there any truth to this?
She was expecting a stellar transition, and was a bit disappointed that she didn't magically transform into a great western rider after taking some English lessons. I reminded her that first of all, she wasn't (yet) a great English rider, but still a novice, and second of all, such a transition would still require proper instruction. She does want to ride both "well."
And truthfully? If she plans to primarily ride english and just do western more for fun, I wouldn't go about trying to change her position. If she was taught this early in the game to adopt a more "western" position, then her proper english position would suffer.
That's her plan for now. I also wondered whether changing her position from saddle to saddle would interfere with her form at this stage. I remember when I played tennis at her age, my coach wouldn't allow us to play table tennis or badminton, as not to ruin our technique.
She sits a horse well and she looked good riding a pony that doesn't appear to be very easy to ride
When my husband watched the video of her riding, he said, "Wow, she can get the horse walking sideways so well!"